Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
Latest posts by Jim Lakely (see all)
- The Left Blatantly Violates Election Law, and Will Get Away With It - October 24, 2016
- Cultural Marxism Update: YouTube Blacklists Prager University Videos - October 12, 2016
- Heartland’s Joy Pullmann on Stossel: Think Education is Expensive Now? Wait Until It’s Free - October 10, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare, with a decision is expected this summer. But, as hard as it may be, let’s put aside for a moment whether the law adheres to the Constitution. No matter what the Supremes decide, Obamacare is very bad law — one shoved down the throat of an unwilling American public by the narrowest of margins via budget reconciliation trickery, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, and instantly broken promises to congressional dupes.
Nick Gillespie — whom Heartland hosted for a great book event last summer in Chicago with his Reason compatriot and co-author Matt Welch — outlines just how bad this law is. In short: If it survives Supreme review and is not repealed, any attempt to get back to the limited government our Founders intended is over. As Gillespie says:
There’s no question that if the government can force you to do something simply because you exist and draw breath, then the American experiment in limited government is over and done with. Whether it’s the mandating of eating broccoli or buying insurance, a government that can make you do whatever it wants just ain’t in the American grain.
This is a much-watch video below the fold. Short and sweet (1:44):